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What are the important events that happened on January 17? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 17: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 17 is the 17th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 4, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 412,392 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘heptadecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 11 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,488 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 17 Historical Events

  • 395
    Emperor Theodosius I dies at Milan, the Roman Empire is re-divided into an eastern and a western half. The Eastern Roman Empire is centered in Constantinople under Arcadius, son of Theodosius, and the Western Roman Empire in Mediolanum under Honorius, his brother, at the age of 10.
  • 1917
    The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
  • 1977
    Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by a firing squad in Utah, ending a ten-year moratorium on Capital punishment in the United States.
  • 1982
    “Cold Sunday” - in the United States temperatures fell to their lowest levels in over 100 years in numerous cities.
  • 1998
    Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website The Drudge Report.

Who were born on January 17?

  • 1686
    Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (d. 1766)
  • 1931
    Don Zimmer, American baseball coach
  • 1950
    Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • 1955
    Steve Javie, American professional basketball referee
  • 1956
    Paul Young, English musician

Who died on January 17?

  • 1884
    Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist (b. 1804)
  • 1977
    Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
  • 1994
    Yevgeni Ivanov, Soviet spy involved in the Profumo affair (b. 1926)
  • 1999
    Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • 2005
    Virginia Mayo, American actress (b. 1920)

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